The number of tests coming back positive for Covid-19 is topping 25% in several states in the U.S. Midwest as cases and hospitalizations also surge in the region, according to a Reuters analysis.

Takeda Pharmaceutical opened a new 24,000-square-foot R&D cell therapy manufacturing facility in Boston at the site of the company’s R&D headquarters.

A Biogen corporate meeting held in Boston in March that was initially connected to about 100 cases of COVID-19 could have led to a significantly higher number of infections.

U.S. coronavirus deaths rose by over 25,000 in July and cases doubled in 19 states during the month, according to a Reuters tally, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy.

BW Health Group, a family of interconnected companies dedicated to supporting and building partnerships with the life sciences industry, announced the appointment of Julie DiMarcantonio-Shorten as Director of Strategic Markets for the New England Region.

The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to more than 40,000 on Sunday, the highest in the world and almost double the number of deaths in the next highest country Italy, according to a Reuters tally.

The total number of people hospitalized in New York fell for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, a further sign the state at the epicenter may be at the peak of its crisis, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.

While employees of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Biogen who attended a management meeting in Boston tested positive for COVID-19, numerous biopharma organizations are cancelling or postponing activities that involve large groups of people.

Biogen instructed company staff to work from home following additional employees testing positive for the coronavirus. According to reports, 15 employees who attended a management meeting in Boston tested positive for the virus.

Massachusetts adopted the country’s toughest ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, in response to a rise in youth vaping and an outbreak of vaping-related serious lung injuries.